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Tips for working in extreme heat

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2023 | Workplace Safety |

As the summer gets closer, it will be necessary for some workers to spend significant time in extreme heat. Agricultural workers and construction workers, for example, often need to manage extreme conditions as a function of their job duties. The same can be said of road crews. Work simply has to get done even as temperatures soar.

However, extreme heat can be very hazardous to a worker’s health and even be fatal. It’s important to know how to keep yourself safe, so reviewing some tips is a proactive effort that is worth your time.

Plan around it

One thing that can help is simply shifting schedules around to avoid the hottest part of the day. Starting a bit earlier and ending a bit later may allow teams to take a break from 11 to 2, for instance, seeking shade and refreshment when the temps are the highest.

Stay hydrated

Almost nothing helps more than being hydrated. Dehydration is very dangerous and can be a deadly condition. Workers should always drink enough water, and perhaps more than they believe is necessary.

Wear the right clothing

Dressing for the weather is crucial. A brimmed hat is very helpful at keeping the sun off of your face. Workers should also wear light-colored clothing that fits loosely and is breathable.

Avoid sugar and alcohol

Similar to getting enough water, you also want to avoid things that are going to dehydrate you or have a negative impact on your health. Workers should avoid drinks that are very sugary and certainly should avoid drinking alcohol, even during a break.

Take breaks

If workers feel like they are in danger of becoming dehydrated, even short breaks can be very beneficial. These can help to reduce your core temperature so that it does not reach dangerous levels.

These tips can help, but injuries are still going to happen due to the heat this summer. Those who suffer from them need to make sure they know about all of the options they have, especially if their work-related has serious ramifications. Working with an experienced attorney can help to ensure that workers receive all of the compensation to which they are entitled.